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Chargers Select USC Center Max Tuerk

After taking tight end Hunter Henry in the second round, the San Diego Chargers once again addressed the offense by selecting USC center Max Tuerk 66th overall in the third.

We’ll have more on the newest Bolt shortly, but for now, here is his draft profile from NFL.com:

OVERVIEW

Going into the season, it appears this Trojan was on a path similar to the versatile Cameron Erving, the No. 19 overall pick by the Cleveland Browns in the 2015 draft. Tuerk has started at nearly every place along the line for the Trojans. He is a bit taller and more slender than most pro pivots, but that may still be his best spot given that he used his mobility and tenacity to earn first-team All-Pac-12 honors in 2014. Unfortunately, he suffered a knee injury in October and will have to prove himself before the draft to maximize his grades.

STRENGTHS

Exceptional athleticism with elite movement skills in space. Asked to pull for wide sweeps and was frequently downfield leading the charge on screen passes. Natural bender with the ability to play with leverage. Won't over­-commit to a basic secure block in running game which allows him to climb to his target with consistently successful angles. Stalks his prey in space and is able to adjust to moving targets. Plays with patience. Will allow defender to declare a gap before latching on with a well­-timed punch and snapping hips under him. Refuses to quit on a rep. Possesses huge, strong hands that snatch target and allow him to hang against aggressive power players looking to shed. Plays with consistent hand placement. Maintains proper base and can drop a decent anchor against bull­ rushers. Has played at four of the five spots along the offensive line.

NFL COMPARISON: Evan Mathis

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